In Marrickville Council area, 31% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011. Access in-depth demographics for Marrickville Council area from the population experts, id.
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Profile.id is helpful website for finding out a range of statistical information relating to various communities in Australia, in this case the languages spoken at home by residents of the Marrickville Council area.
As a way of teaching about the cultural identity and diversity of Marrickville through the languages spoken, teachers could provide this statistical data to the students and ask them to graph the information. By using computer software to do this, it would also link in with the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities in ICT, as well as numeracy. This task could be framed by a discussion of Profile.id and where they source their information from, being the Bureau of Statistics, and a brainstorm of what makes an internet source trustworthy. Such discussion would help guide their usage of ICT. The students could then compare the data taken from Profile.id with the languages spoken at home by students within the classroom, which could also then be graphed and the two graphs compared. This would ensure the information presented and learned is relevant to the students' backgrounds and context.
The activity could then be used as a springboard to looking at where the dominant languages of Marrickville are also spoken throughout the world. This could lead to discussion of the inter-connectedness of the world, providing a global perspective to the information.